About 7.6 Million Cancer Deaths in 2007: Study - A Study Report

Washington: About 7.6 million people would die of cancer and more than 12 million people will receive cancer diagnoses.

Global Cancer Facts and Figures 2007 were published by American Cancer Society.

ACS report, based on data compiled by International Research on Cancer (IARC), reveals the disparities in how cancer affects the developed and developing world

Cancer infection is three times higher in developing nations than the developed ones, said report.

In developing countries, the three most common diagnosed cancers among men include stomach, lung, and liver cancer; while in women, the cancers of the breast, cervix, and stomach showed up the most.

The major cause of stomach cancer, is infection with Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is known to be a strong risk factor for cervical cancer. Liver cancer is linked to hepatitis B and C infections, both rampant in East Asia and Africa.

In the developed nations, the most common diagnosed cancers in men includes prostate, lung, and colorectal; while in women, breast, colorectal, and lung cancer are common.

The survival rates are lower in less developed parts of the world, reflecting a lack of prevention, early detection, and treatment resources.

Ahmedin Jemal, ACS epidemiologist, and co-author of the report, said, “cancer burden increasing as people in the developing countries adopt western lifestyles such as cigarette smoking, higher consumption of saturated fat and calorie-dense foods, and reduced physical activity.”

World Health Organization said that in year 2000, an estimated 5 million people died from diseases related to smoking, and of these, about 1.42 million were from cancer. Approximately 84 percent of the nearly 1.3 billion smokers worldwide live in developing countries.

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